Polls official killed, 150 centres burnt
16 policemen injured in bomb attacksTapos Kanti Das and Ahammad Foyez
An assistant presiding officer was killed, 16 members of law enforcement agencies were injured in bomb attacks and more than 150 polling stations, set up in primary schools, were torched across the country on Saturday, a day before the 10th parliamentary polls, as the opposition urged people to ‘resist’ the elections.
Election materials, including ballot papers and ballot boxes, were snatched and damaged while law enforcers came under attacks and in some cases their weapons were snatched, reports received from different districts said.
Assistant presiding officer ABM Zubaidul Islam, 50, was killed and two policemen were injured as miscreants hurled a petrol bomb on Chheprikura Government Primary School polling station under Thakurgaon Sadar upazila around 11:30pm on Saturday.
Zubaidul was a demonstrator of Salandar Degree College in the district.
Police and locals said a gang of miscreants had hurled petrol bombs at the polling station leaving Zubaidul and two policemen injured. As Zubaidul fell on the ground, the miscreants beat him up mercilessly before fleeing the scene.
Police and locals took the three to Sadar upazila health complex where doctors declared Zubaidul dead, said Thakurgaon superintendent of police Saisam Mahmud.
The education minister, Nurul Islam Nahid, at a press briefing on Saturday condemned the burning of more than ‘100 schools’ that are being used as polling centres.
‘Buildings of educational institutes, books, papers and computers had been burnt. Target of all these to destroy education,’ Nahid said at the conference.
Reports from 32 districts said that at least 100 polling centres had been burnt. Three polling centres were burnt in the capital.
In the capital miscreants set fire to a polling centre at Dakkhinkhan and exploded six crude bombs in two polling centres at Azampur, Uttara on Saturday morning.
In Khulna, four polling centres were burnt about 08:00pm on Friday.
In Rajshahi, miscreants set fire to three polling centres at Charghat between 10:00pm and 11:00pm on Saturday. Two policemen, Belal and Sujaul, were injured in a bomb attack on a makeshift polling centre at local Baya Model Government Primary School under Paba upazila on Saturday evening.
In Feni, miscreants set fire to eight polling stations at Sonagazi between Friday night and Saturday. They snatched ballot papers and two ballot boxes from Uttar Paschim Chardarbesh Primary School under Sonagazi and dumped them into a water body around 9:30pm.
In Kishoreganj, miscreants set fire to three polling stations at Karimganj at about 1:30am on Saturday.
In Tangail, miscreants set fire to five polling centres in two constituencies — Tangail 5 (sadar) and Tangail 2 (Gopalpur-Bhuapur) — early Saturday.
In Manikganj, miscreants burnt three polling centres at Ghior and Shibalaya between 11:00pm on Friday and 1:30am on Saturday.
In Comilla, three polling centres at Laksham were burnt about 3:00am. In Gaibandha, four polling centres at Palashbari were set on fire.
In Barguna, eight polling centres were burnt. In Bogra, Miscreants set fire to seven polling centres.
In Brahmanbaria, a polling centre was burnt about 5:00am on Saturday. In Jhenaidah, three polling centres at Shailakupa and Sadar were burnt about 6:00am Saturday.
In Sylhet, three polling stations were burnt at Jaintapur and Sunamganj late Friday night. A warehouse of a school was also burnt.
In Rangpur, 20 polling stations at Pirganj, Pirgachcha and Sadar upazilas were burnt on Friday and Saturday night. Miscreants attacked Damurchakla Jamankhali Dakhil Madrassah polling centre under Pirgachcha upazila after dusk and snatched two ballot boxes and ballot papers.
In Lakshmipur, 22 polling centres at Ramganj and Kamalnagar were torched early Saturday and Friday. The miscreants attacked Komortala Government Primary School polling station under Lakshmipur Sadar upazila around 8:30pm and snatched two rifles of policemen on duty. A constable suffered burns in the patrol bomb attack.
In Bhola, five polling centres were burnt at Daulatkhan, Borhanuddin and Tazumuddin. In Nilphamari, two polling centres at Domar were burnt on Friday.
In Bogra, four polling centres were burnt at Sahajanpur on Friday. In Sirajganj, two polling centres at Belkuchi were burnt on Saturday.
In Netrakona, four polling centres at sadar upazila were burnt on Friday night. In Pabna, two polling centres were burnt at Bera and Sathia on Saturday morning.
In Chittagong, two polling centres were burnt at Sitakunda about 9:00pm on Friday. One polling centre each was burnt in Narsingdi, Natore, Pirojpur, Kushtia, Barisal, Narayanganj, Sunamganj, Bagerhat, Mymensingh and Satkhira.
Miscreants also burnt election materials, including ballot papers, in Chittagong and Gaibandha on Saturday afternoon.
In Chittagong, miscreants attacked the centre set up at Sadaha Adarsha Mahila Madrassah at Satkania and burnt ballot papers and two ballot boxes about 5:00pm.
In Gaibandha, miscreants burnt ballot papers in the polling centre at Kunja Mahipur primary school at Sadullapur on Saturday afternoon. They set fire to at least 10 polling centres under Gaibandha Sadar upazila Saturday night.
According to the Election Commission, there are 91,213 booths at 18,208 polling stations in the 147 constituencies that are going to polls.
Miscreants on Friday night also burnt a house bordering a polling centre at Sailkupa in Jhenaidah.
In Lalmonirhat, two policemen were injured critically as miscreants hurled bombs at a police patrol near Kursamari High School polling centre under Sadar upazila around 9:30pm. Half an hour earlier, the miscreants snatched ballot papers and vandalised the polling station.
Besides, two unidentified youths were given mass beating after the locals captured them while they were hurling bombs at a polling station at Jongra village under Patgram in Lalmonirhat around 10:00pm. They were handed over to police who took them to hospital in unconscious state.
In Jessore, nine police and ansar personnel were injured in a bomb attack by miscreants at Chandua-Shamaskathi under Monirampur upazila around 7:00pm on Saturday. The miscreants also set the police car on fire.
At least 10 polling stations under Daulatkhan in Bhola were set on fire Saturday night.
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